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We have a clash in the Middleweight division, as Joseph “Ugly Man” Holmes takes on Alen Amedovski. Coming off an unsuccessful debut, Holmes returns to the octagon looking for better results in his second fight. With a full training camp in hand, it’s likely we see the version of Holmes that rattled off seven straight wins previous to the defeat. Meanwhile, Amedovski comes into this fight with some urgency. Having scuffled in back-to-back fights, Amedovski’s is searching for that illustrious first UFC victory. A defeat, could put his UFC tenure in jeopardy.
As for a prediction, I have Holmes winning. Essentially a crapshoot of a fight, Amedovski has barely showed me anything in his two appearances inside the octagon. A power striker, with an array of highlight reel knockouts, Amedovski entered the UFC with legitimate question marks. All of which have been brought to light, as his takedown defense, ground game and cardio aren’t viable enough of to fend off anyone with remotely decent wrestling. Obviously Krzysztof Jotko isn’t an easy guy to face, but in sixteen UFC fights, Amedovski is the only fighter he’s controlled for more than nine minutes. Now, Holmes being decently well rounded has shown some wrestling abilities. Especially in his fight on Dana White’s Contender series where he landed two takedowns and secured a submission finish. Something I envision happening in this fight. so with that said, I predict that Holmes will win via submission.